The Bird Houses
Edgartown -Vineyard Haven Rd
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
MARTHA'S VINEYARD ISLAND
Vineyard Nautical Style ---- 2 clean, well-maintained cottages furnished in crisp blue & white. A good choice if you want the privacy and convenience of staying in your own small home. It's unusual to find furnished houses to rent for less than a week --- but visitors willing to do some housekeeping keeps rates affordable, eliminating extra cleaning fees and maid service.
Come to the Vineyard for the glorious, clean, free beaches, fishing from shore or charter boats in unpolluted waters, sailing, wind-surfing, bicycling, hiking, kayaking, museums, restaurants, art galleries, shopping, and exploring the 3 lovely down-island towns, Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. Martha's Vineyard still remains an old-fashioned, authentic place, much of it still rural (no neon, fast-food, strip malls, billboards, highways, or traffic lights) where active days spent on walking trails, at the beach, or on the water, end with dinner and a stroll around town with ice-cream.
Cottages are available for rent nightly, weekly, monthly, in spring, summer, fall, beginning and ending any day of the week for flexibility making car/ferry reservations. Cars need reservations on the ferry from Woods Hole http://www.steamshipauthority.com. Passengers and bikes do not need reservations. There are also a variety of other ways to get to the island in-season by air or high-speed ferry.
We are located on popular island bike routes with cheerful regular public bus service in front...... just over 1/2 mile walk to Vineyard Haven harbor, the town beach next to the ferry terminal, Main St shopping, restaurants, supermarket, sightseeing tours, 'Bunch of Grapes' bookstore, 'Black Dog' general store & restaurant. Member of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce since 1997. Smoking OK but only outdoors. See us on FACEBOOK for occasional interesting posts about the Vineyard.
1. LARK - 2 bedrooms
This cottage is in the rear with its own yard, picket fence, and driveway for parking.
The larger bedroom has 2 pretty maple 4-post single beds, 2 bureaux, and closet. The other smaller bedroom has a queen-size bed, shaker pegs along 1 wall, storage on shelves. Shower/ tub in bathroom.
Kitchen has table & chairs for 4, pine cabinets, ceiling fan, double stainless sink, range, fridge, microwave, coffee maker & grinder, basic cooking supplies. Comfortable cottage-style living room has Dish TV, VCR, DVD, books, magazines.
Slider from kitchen to private deck. Round table, chairs, umbrella for outdoor eating, small private yard behind house. Outside H & C shower, charcoal or gas grill. Full basement, washer/dryer.
Maximum 4 persons (children & babies count as persons), no pets. Beds will be made, but bring your own towels (no maid service). If this is inconvenient, we can provide towels on arrival for $10 per person. Check out by 10:30 am, check in after 1 pm.
Today SEPT 16, 2016 these nights are available:
SEPT 18, 19, 20, 21 and 26, 27, 28
and then our summer season ends. Reservations will begin again January 2017
RATES - LARK COTTAGE
SEPT ..... $250/nt ..... 1 nt OK
2. CHICKADEE - 1 bedroom
This guest house (small house at right in the photo here at left) suits a single person or couple best. The bedroom has a queen-size bed and a child or another person could sleep on the twin bed that is otherwise used as a daytime couch in the living room. Maximum 3 persons (children & babies count as persons).
The bedroom has queen bed, bureau, closet/shelves. The other larger room has a twin bed/sofa, chair, books, Dish TV, VCR, DVD on one side. Kitchen on other side with white cabinets, refrigerator, stove, sink, dishes, coffee maker & grinder, fans, toaster, microwave, table & chairs, basic cookware. Bathroom with shower. Small deck with round table and 3 chairs outside door. Also adirondack chairs in shady part of yard. Charcoal or gas grill available. Bike storage in shed. Electric heat if needed.
Beds will be made, but bring your own towels (no maid service). If this is inconvenient, we can provide towels on arrival for $10 per person. Check out by 10:30 am- check in after 1 pm
Today SEPT 11, 2016 these nights are available:
SEPT 19, 20, 21, 22
and then our summer season ends. Reservations will begin again January 2017
RATES - CHICKADEE COTTAGE
SEPT ..... $150/nt ...... 1nt OK
The Bird Houses, Vineyard Haven -- Information (Summer)
WHAT TO BRING The house will be cleaned and furnished with basic kitchen supplies, appliances, hair dryer, beds will be made, blankets, pillows, etc. but bring your own personal items: food, toiletries, paper supplies, children's items, shampoo, bikes, phone and towels (if inconvenient or forgotten, we can easily provide towels on arrival for $10 per person). Everything you might need is also available to buy on-island. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing a boat on a trailer so can be sure there's room for it. Dress is very casual all over the island. Supermarkets, drug store, hardware stores, banks, are nearby. We can provide an iron and ironing board if you want them.
RESERVATIONS & DEPOSITS Call or e-mail to talk, ask questions, and check latest availability. When ready to reserve time, we can pencil you on to the calendar and hold the time while we await your deposit. We mail or email a map, information, directions, and short agreement which you return with a check for 1/2 the total expected rent plus security deposit. To pay the initial deposit --- you can also use /www.paypal.com or just call us with your credit card information. The balance due on arrival can be paid by cash, check or credit card.
The refundable security deposit is $50/nt for stays of 1- 2 nights or 1/5 (20%) of total rent for 3 nights or more. This deposit will be returned within 2 wks after departure, less the cost of itemized damage if any. Responsible persons must be over 21 to sign agreement. Reservation deposits are refunded with 3 weeks or more notice of cancellation. Less than that, we refund the nights we are able to re-rent to someone else. Please let us know as soon as possible if you may change your plans !
TRANSPORTATION If you want to bring your car on island from Woods Hole, call the Steamship Authority or look at schedules/rates online. Only the Steamship Authority, the ferry from Woods Hole, Mass. takes cars. 1-508-477-8600 or 693-9130. Be sure to have your auto license plate number and credit card when calling to reserve or do it on-line at http://www.steamshipauthority.com Most ferries dock at the main terminal in Vineyard Haven, some go to Oak Bluffs which is only 3- 4 miles away.
Regular fares 1-way Woods Hole-Vineyard Haven on the Steamship Authority are: Adults $ 8.50; children 5 - 12 $4.50; children 4 and under free; bicycles $ 4. Parking at the Falmouth lot and Rhode Island ferry about $10/day. (These were the rates when we last looked...)
Passengers, bikes do not need reservations. You can leave your car in the parking lot at Falmouth, Hyannis, New Bedford, Mass. or Quonset Pt, R.I. and come over with bikes, walk, use taxis, public buses or rent a car. This could be less expensive than bringing your own car depending on the time of year and the number of days you stay. MV buses run all day through evening in summer between beaches and towns and are friendly, convenient and fun. Some have bike racks too. Buses run regular routes past our houses every 1/2 hr or so and will stop to pick you up anywhere if you wave. You can buy a 1, 3 or 5 day pass and go anywhere on the island, or you can pay per trip. Vineyard taxis are the van-type and usually have bike racks on back. UBER cars were also available for the first time last year.
Don't drive all the way to Woods Hole unless you have a ferry reservation for your car. The parking lot there is primarily for Vineyarders who keep cars on the mainland. If you drive to Woods Hole, they usually send you back to the Falmouth parking lot. On especially crowded weekends, even the Falmouth lot becomes full and then you'll be directed back another lot. There will be signs along the way to explain where to park, information on a special AM radio station, and there are always free SSA shuttles to transport you from whichever parking lot you are in down to the ferry terminal in Woods Hole.
JetBlue, Cape Air and US Air have all offered air service from NY to the Vineyard in in past years. Coming without a car, consider flying in to the MV Airport from Boston, NY, Baltimore, Providence, other cities. It may be easier to fly to Providence, R.I. and take the Peter Pan bus direct to the Woods Hole ferry, than flying to Logan Airport in Boston.
See http://wwwpeterpanbus.com for bus schedules to the Vineyard from Boston, Boston Logan airport, New York, Providence TF Green airport.
There other ways to get here by water and new services are added each season.... ferries from New Bedford, Ma, Island Queen from Falmouth, fast-ferry from Quonset Point, Rhode Island http://www.vineyardfastferry.com and more. Hy-Line from Hyannis 1-508-778-2600; Island Queen from Falmouth 1-508-548-4800.
CapeFlyer Train begins at the South Station in Boston, but those who are traveling to Marthas Vineyard may get off at the Buzzards Bay Station where a free Steamship Authority shuttle will transport passengers to theWoods Hole dock. For more details, visit http://www.capeflyer.com. This service may be limited... we haven't heard much about it.
The Steamship Authority 508-477-8600; Vineyard Fast Ferry 401-295-4040; Hy-Line Cruises 508-548-4800; Peter Pan/Bonanza Bus 800-343-9999; Vineyard Transit Authority 508-693-9440; Cape Air 800-352-0714; MV Airport 508-693-7022; SeaStreak 800-262-8743